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The Spur of The Moment
by Marcia L Laycock   

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Category: 

Inspirational

Publisher:  Essence Publishing ISBN-10:  781553065401 Type: 
Pages: 

168

Copyright:  Nov 1 2002
Non-Fiction

The Spur of the Moment is billed as slices of life to awaken your spirit. Marcia makes the ordinary come alive with spiritual significance

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Janette Oke, reknowned author of Christian fiction, says of The Spur of The Moment - "Marcia writes from the heart about life with its simplicity and complexity. The one truth that gives balance and direction is clearly presented. Faith. That's the key."
Phil Callaway, well-known Christian humorist and author, says - "I love Marcia's winsome style. Her carefully-crafted stories are proof that great truth is taught in simple ways. Don't buy a copy of this book. Buy a dozen for friends and relatives!"


Excerpt

"I remember as a child watching my father plant a shrub at the front of our house. I was excited - it was a flowrering bush that bloomed profusely every year. Every day I watered the fragile and rather dead looking stick, but as spring eased its way into summer, the shrub struggled to survive. Only a few small leaves appeared. They did not have time to mature before the cool autumn evenings arrived and they withered away. May dad must have noticed my disappointment, because he assured me the shrub would do better. "Be patient," he said, "in time it will grow into itself."
All winter I pictured the huge thriving, blossom-covered bush I knew it would become. The next spring, I watered and watched. New buds appeared, the leaves popped out and some even matured, but the fall was upon it again before it could bloom. "Be patient," my dad said. Another winter of picturing the future. Finally, in the third season, the bush burst into full leaf and then into blossoms so heavy its thin branches could barely hold them. The next season it "grew into itself" and became a healthy mature plant.
Our spiritual growth is often a lot like my father's bush. And our attitudes are often like mine were, as a child. I was not patient. I wanted maturity, something pleasing to look at, something of which I could be proud. We tend to demand that of ourselves and of others... Yet even the apostle Paul, considered a giant of the faith in his own time and today, said, "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me (Philippians 3:12).
Becoming a Christian doesn't equal instant goodness, patience and honesty. Becoming a Christian equals a place from which to start....




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